Experimental Investigation of a High-lift Low-drag Aerofoil. Report no. 6802

Kelling, F.H. (1968) Experimental Investigation of a High-lift Low-drag Aerofoil. Report no. 6802. Technical Report. Department of Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

One of a series of low-drag aerofoils (1) Designated GU 25-5(11) 8 was selected for low speed wind tunnel testing at Reynolds numbers around half a million. Coefficients of lift, drag and pitching moment were obtained for a range of incidence. The maximum section lift coefficient obtained was 1.93 and the minimum profile drag coefficient was 0.0112. Results compared favourably with those deduced theoretically. The addition of a boundary layer trip to the upper surface caused the profile drag to decrease at some incidences. At the design lift coefficient of 1.4, the ratio of lift to profile drag was 108 at a Reynolds number of 0.63 million. The addition of an extended, sealed, flat-plate flap (with a chord one tenth that of the aerofoil) at the trailing edge of the aerofoil gave favourable results. A maximum ratio of lift to profile drag of 116 was obtained at a lift coefficient of 1.8 with a flap deflection of 17.8 degrees, while the maximum lift coefficient achieved was 2.30.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Additional Information:University of Glasgow author: F.H. Kelling.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:UNSPECIFIED
Authors: Kelling, F.H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Publisher:Department of Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics, University of Glasgow
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1968 Department of Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics, University of Glasgow
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